Leadership Team

David A. Taylor

CEO and President

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David joined UCG in May 2011 as Chief Operating Officer and assumed the role of CEO and President in 2012. In his role, he provides leadership for all University Center Member University relationships, academic programming and expansion, community engagement, strategic planning, finance and administration, marketing, operations, information systems and services, and human resources.

Before joining the University Center, David’s 25-year career included division level and corporate leadership positions at NCR Corporation, Teradata, and AT&T. He completed his Master of Business Administration degree at Anderson University after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Finance with Honors from the University of Tennessee. He also completed the Advanced Management College program at Stanford University and is a lifetime member of the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business Administration for high scholastic attainment during his MBA degree.

David is married to Laura Taylor and they are members of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Greenville.

Lynne McGuirt

Director of Community Relations

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Lynne joined the staff of the University Center in October of 2012 but is no stranger to higher education or UCG. Before her current role as Director of Community Relations, she was the Student Services Coordinator for the RN/BS, Masters, and Ph.D. programs for the Clemson University School of Nursing.

In her current role, Lynne is able to draw upon her prior experience in special event management, public relations, marketing, volunteer coordination, and advisement to bring a unique perspective to the University Center’s management team. She is blessed and thankful to serve an organization that provides educational access to the Greater Greenville community and enjoys working with students and the University representatives.

A Clemson Tiger through and through, Lynne has both her BA and MEd from Clemson and worked on the main Clemson University campus for almost twelve years as the Conference Manager and the Director of Constituency Programs for the Clemson Alumni Association. She also spent two years as the Resource Development Coordinator for a local non-profit organization in Greenville before her position with the Clemson University Nursing Department.

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Robin Paul

Director of Library Services and Accounting Manager

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Robin Paul is the Director of Library Services, Accounting & HR. Robin joined the University Center in January 2005 as a weekend library clerk and has gradually added other duties. She is an alumnus of the University of South Carolina and earned her Master of Library and Information Science )MLIS here at the University Center.

Robin’s responsibilities as the Director of Library Services include professional Librarian student services, library equipment technical support, library facility management and services, and delivering PASCAL materials.

Robin’s educational background includes the following:

  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Library Collections & Services for Adults, earned December 2003.
  • Master’s in Library and Information Sciences, earned December 2003.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, major in Accounting, with honors, and a
  • Bachelor of Science, major in Management. Both Bachelor’s degrees are from Florida Atlantic University.

She is a member of the South Carolina Library Association and the Southeastern Library Association.

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Jay Dugaw

Director of Operations

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Jay is the longest serving staff member of the University Center of Greenville. After serving on active duty (USN), Jay worked his way through college and graduated at the age of 29 from the College of Charleston (B.S. Business Admin, Finance). He has great respect and admiration for non-traditional students and appreciates the challenges they must overcome to complete a degree.

Jay has served in a variety of organizations including:

  • Sole proprietorship
  • United States Navy
  • A regional private company
  • A research university
  • An educational non-profit

This range of military, private, and third sector jobs prepared Jay for his current duties. He is responsible for all areas of day-to-day operations and technology support including the critical paraprofessional functions of security and maintenance. In addition, he schedules classrooms that match instructional needs with instructional spaces. He coordinates small to medium capital improvement projects including technology. Jay oversees both the front desk personnel and the Technology Specialists. Lastly, he provides counsel to the CEO.

Creating and maintaining an environment conducive to teaching and learning is Jay’s daily focus. This support of faculty and students facilitates the growth of high quality academic programs from our partner universities.

Board of Trustees

Mr. Mike McCormick (Chair)

President, Palmetto Manufacturing Partners


Dr. Michael Amiridis

President, University of South Carolina


Ms. Nicole Andrews

CEO & Founder, Nicole Andrews International, LLC


Ms. Stacey Bevill

CEO, Golden Career Strategies


Col. Alexander Conyers

President, South Carolina State University


Dr. Richard Cosentino

President, Lander University

Mr. Jason Elliott

District 22, SC House of Representatives


Dr. Bennie L. Harris

Chancellor, USC Upstate


Dr. Boone Hopkins

President, Converse University


Ms. Tammy Johnson

CEO, Liquid Catering, The Old Cigar Warehouse & Bravo! Protection<


Dr. Robert Jones

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Clemson University


Mr. Wendell Jones

Owner, South Atlantic BioCleaning & Wendell Jones Leadership Institute


Mr. Adolph Lanza

Vice-President, Bosch-Rexroth

Dr. Keith Miller

President, Greenville Technical College


Dr. Rusty Monhollon

President & Executive Director, S.C. Commission on Higher Education


Dr. Ruben Montalvo

President, Montalvo International


Dr. Beth Pontari

Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, Furman University


Ms. Kelly Scheib (Vice-Chair)

Chief People Officer, Crunchbase


Ms. Ava Smith

President & CEO, Executive Director, Ava Smith and Associates

Ms. Kelly Scheib (Vice-Chair)

Chief People Officer, Crunchbase


Ms. Ava Smith

President & CEO, Executive Director, Ava Smith and Associates


Mr. Russell Stall

At-Large Representative, Greenville City Council


Dr. Gary Weier

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bob Jones University


Dr. Evans P. Whitaker

President, Anderson University


Mr. Paul Wickensimer

Clerk of Court, Greenville County Government

Academic Members Council


Dr. Blake Snider (Chair)

Associate Professor & Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Mgt. & Provost Delegate to UCG, Clemson University


Dr. Ryan Neal (Vice-Chair)

Provost, Anderson University


Dr. Beverly Cormican

Vice-Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Bob Jones University


Dr. Lienne Medford

Associate Provost of Institutional Research and Accreditation & Dean of Education & Graduate Studies, Converse University


Kay Goodwin

Associate Director, Graduate Studies, Furman University


Dr. Larry Miller

VP for Learning and Workforce Development & Director for Institutional Research, Greenville Technical College

Dr. Scott Jones

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Lander University


Dr. Frederick Evans

Interim Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, SC State University


Dr. Tracey Weldon

Dean of the Graduate School, Vice Provost of Graduate Education, and Professor, University of South Carolina


Dr. Michele Covington

Executive Director of Greenville Programs & Associate Professor, University of South Carolina Upstate


Dr. Argentini Anderson

Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, SC Commission on Higher Education

UCG School Representatives

For information on the degrees we offer, or for help to get started earning your degree, please call or email a representative at UCG.

Adult & Graduate Admissions
Anderson University
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Beverly Cormican
Bob Jones University
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864.370-.800 Ext. 1012


Clemson University
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Lienne Medford
Converse College
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Transfer Partner
Greenville Technical College

Lander University
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Ella Gilbert
SC State University

University of South Carolina
1-(800)-922-2577 (Toll Free)

Dr. Michele CovingtonUSC Upstate

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